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10-year-old run over by grandfather's tractor identified

By Amanda Brannon
WCTI Staff
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:32:36 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 29 2013 05:19:20 PM CDT
PITT COUNTY -

Investigators have identified the 10-year-old boy who was accidentally run over by his grandfather's tractor in Pitt County.

According to the Highway Patrol, 65-year-old Ronnie Mills was driving the tractor at about 20 mph on the 2500 block of Blackjack-Simpson Road Monday afternoon. But the tractor's hydraulic forklift attachment somehow lowered and dug into the road. Mill's grandson, 10-year-old Austin Conger, was thrown off the vehicle. The tractor then ran over Conger, breaking his leg, troopers said.

Robin Hollis and her mother, Tammy, heard the accident happen.

"When it first happened it was kinda scary because you know you hear all this commotion and everything and then all of a sudden you look out you see himĀ  laying there like that. It was just very shocking," Hollis said.

Tammy said the boy's grandfather was having a difficult time.

"You could tell the Grandfather was really really upset over what happened," Tammy Hollis said.

Hollis said the young boy handled the situation well.

"The cutest thing he said was 'I don't want to die, I want to live and get old. Don't let me die now. Please don't let me die now.' And his mom said 'Oh baby, you're not going to die now. You're going to grow up to be old,'" she said.

Conger was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. As of Tuesday, he was still at the hospital and family members were with him. There was no word on his condition.

Troopers said they do not expect any charges to be filed.

Officials said Pitt County had a teacher work day on Monday so that's why the young boy wasn't in school at the time of the accident.